When PowerPoint was unleashed on the world, everyone gravitated to it because of its ease of use compared to the old overhead films and bulky projectors.
Unfortunately, the ease of use lead to a new mindset-that the word 'presentation' became synonymous with 'slide deck.' What was supposed to be a convenient tool became a de facto substitute for actual speaking. Audiences rebelled by complaining about death by PowerPoint. What is strange is that the very same people who hate being killed by dense slides, delivered by a person reading the slides, turn around and do the same thing to their own audiences.
When it comes to slides, less is more.
- Fewer slides
- Less density
- Less text
- Shorter bullets
- More images
- Simpler graphics
- Never, ever read word for word
- Less time spent writing slides, more time spent practicing your speaking
Whenever I'd whine to my mother about doing something because other kids were doing it she'd say, "If they jumped off the Empire State Building, would you do that too?" Obviously doing what others do is not a mature decision-making process.
So stop making more slides that you spend more and more time on just because everyone else does. Think carefully about what or how a few slides back you up while speaking and turn every presentation into a conversation between you and your audience.